Friday, April 9, 2010

Nana's Frosting

Anyone who knew my grandma knew that she often shared recipes. Recipes that never turned out as good as her home cooking. She did it on purpose- adding and subtracting ingredients so that the end product would be good, but not as good as her own cooking. I was the exception to that rule and I have a different attitude. As long as her recipes live on, so does she. Here is my recipe for her homemade buttercream (not a traditional buttercream, but that is what she called it).
Nana's Butter Cream
  • 3 tbsp. flour
  • 1 c. milk
  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
    Cook flour and milk on stove, stirring constantly until a gravy forms. Allow gravy to cool, really cool. Beat sugar, butter and vanilla; add gravy and continue to beat. Mixture may appear to separate. Do not give up keep beating.


  • substitute any flavor of extract for the vanilla. I love almond and orange. Ideally the extract should be pure and clear.
  • This can be made with white crisco for a snow white appearance.
  • Toss a couple of soft bananas into a cake mix (prepared according to package), frost with almond flavored buttercream.


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